Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott

Chicago, IL

Genres:  IndieRockFolkAcoustic

Annotated Gilgamesh

Written by Jonathan Scott / Studio production, recorded in 2014 with Doleful Lions.

Bare Knuckles

Written by Jonathan Scott in 1995 / Studio production, recorded in 2010 with Cinco de Gatos.

Magic Without Tears (Crowley Jangles Every Heaven)

Written by Jonathan Scott / Home recording, recorded in 2008 with Doleful Lions.

Combat Shock (It's Only A Matter Of Time)

Written by Jonathan Scott / Home recording, recorded in 2012 with Doleful Lions.

Jonathan Scott founded the Doleful Lions in Chicago in 1996, Jonathan Scott at that time was playing in the post hardcore band ,Cinco De Gatos and acquired a 4 track for Christmas 1995. Jonathan was becoming more influenced by bands like Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, The Byrds, R.E.M. and Guided By Voices whose album Bee Thousand was a huge influence on Jonathan and his recording on 4 track. He eventually left Cinco De Gatos in 1996 to do Doleful Lions full time and recorded a 6 song demo with his brother Robert at Soto Sound Studios in Chicago, Jonathan sent the demo to any label he could get an address for and Parasol Records signed the band in 1997 and released a 45 of two songs off the Doleful Lions demo. A move to Chapel Hill NC in late 97 and the formation of a functioning, playing live Doleful Lions recorded their debut with R.E.M. producer and Let's Active's Mitch Easter with additional recording and production by the dB's Chris Stamey. Motel Swim was released with great acclaim with a few journalists even saying it was the best debut album of 1998. Various band lineups were commonplace throughout the history of Doleful Lions with Jonathan Scott the only constant. Doleful Lions have released 8 albums, 7 of which were on Parasol and the most recent Let's Break Bobby Beausoleil Out Of Prison! which was self released on Bandcamp. Doleful Lions maintain a Bandcamp page with many other semi-official releases. The band is currently Jonathan and his younger brother Robert who has been a constant in the band since 2006 and whose production work especially on the band's album "7" remains a major influence on the direction the band has currently taken. The brothers Scott are currently recording a new LP called The Sky Is A Mirror Over Tracetown which will be released in 2015. Selected Press "Sixties revisited by modern-day spacers. This is what The Beach Boys’ 20/20 might have sounded like if you heard it under sedation, from down a corridor, with the pitter-patter of light drizzle in the background. For Doleful Lions, tape hiss isn’t a statement or a handicap, it’s another instrument. Beneath it, the ghosts of “Like A Rolling Stone” (“The Red Top Lounge Flesheaters”) and The Amen Corner’s “Paradise” saunter through a perfect Sixties garage decked out as a flying saucer. There’s nothing here quite as colourful as “Black Foliage”, by kindred spirits The Olivia Tremor Control, but there’s nothing quite as erratic, either. A must for wanderers, tender souls and those who like to look at the world with a lazy smile through a light layer of mist." / UNCUT MAGAZINE "There are moments during Out Like a Lamb that make you wish that R.E.M. followed up Automatic For the People with an album like this one, but R.E.M. are long dead, and it’s time for someone else to pick up the slack. Out Like a Lamb isn’t perfect, but at least they tried to be perfect. Go listen to “Surfside Motel” dozen times and let yourself fall in love with the Doleful Lions." / POP MATTERS "(Song Cyclops Volume One is) A beautifully bizarre indie-rock Narnia that dead-rings a lost Radiohead soundtrack to Dungeons and Dragons. One of the most original albums of the year" / GEAR MAGAZINE "One of the most poignant and sadly unknown bands to come from the early 1990s Chicago scene was the short-lived Cinco de Gatos. Among the releases found in Chicago's early 1990s alternative rock scene, Epiphany Wants to Come Home sticks out like a sore thumb. While other albums such as Cap'n Jazz's “Schmap'n Schmazz” and Braid's “Frame & Canvas” are concentrated works, Epiphany is a distinct, dichotomous affair, alternating between off-kilter, dissonant, almost metallic songs and almost radio-friendly, pop-infused anthems, displaying the evolution between their bass-dominated, Dummeldinger-directed roots to the ringing, harmonious, pop and folk-influenced material that Jonathan found himself writing towards Cinco de Gatos's first demise. / THE INARGUABLE blog (Out Like A Lamb is a) delicate balance of tranquil gestures, exquisite techniques that simply pinpoint the place where sensual meets the surreal. Doleful Lions could be quite possibly the finest exponents of the pop dream today, each finely worked mini epic ticks away waiting to expel its colourful and ethereal magic to all within earshot. A modern classic? / LOSING TODAY MAGAZINE

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